Ruman Sana’s stunning run in the Hyundai World Archery Championships came to an end in the semifinals of the men’s recurve individual event, but not before he had earnt a ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Ruman is the second Bangladeshi athlete to enter the Olympics directly after golfer Siddikur Rahman. Siddikur earned the Olympic quota for the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Ruman suffered a 7-3 defeat to Malaysia’s Khairul Anuar Mohamad in the semifinals and will play the bronze medal match against Italy’s Mauro Nespoli on June 15.
The 24-year-old archer failed to carry his brilliant performances into the semifinals.
“It’s a proud moment for all the people of Bangladesh. Sana made us proud. With this remarkable performance all coaching staff, federation officials, sponsors are happy. Now we are looking forward to achieve something from Tokyo,” said national archery team’s German coach Martin Fredrick.
To ensure the semifinal berth, 20th-ranked Ruman handed a 6-2 defeat to fifth-ranked Sjef Van Den Berg of Netherlands, which was his best achievement at the world’s top tournament.
In the pre-quarterfinals, Ruman showed his world class performance by beating the gold medalist of the 2011 World Archery Championships, Kim Woojin of Korea. He beat Woojin 6-4 set points.